COURTS Guyana Inc. pumps $4.4M into annual Pee Wee football

first_img… Banks DIH once again on boardTWENTY-FIVE schools from across the capital city of Guyana will do battle in this year’s Petra Organisation’s COURTS Pee Wee football tournament, which will kick off tomorrow, September 21 at Thirst Park ground. COURTS Guyana Inc. yesterday handed over a cheque to the tune of $4.4M to the organisers at its Main Street location, with the company’s Digital Marketing Officer, Roberta Ferguson, telling the gathering of other sponsors and officials of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), that the investment is one that transcends beyond the sport of football.Ferguson pointed out that over the years, the COURTS Pee Wee tournament has grown to become the cornerstone of football development in Guyana, but, apart from a number of players going on to represent Guyana at various levels, a number of players would have gone on to become exemplary student-athletes and members of society.Troy Mendonca, co-Director of Petra Organisation, the entity responsible for the seven-weeklong competition, added that he’s pleased that COURTS Guyana Inc. has once again decided to continue the tournament, which he said has grown to become a tradition at the U-11 football level.Mendonca, a former National player himself, thanked COURTS and Banks DIH under its Malta Supreme and Rain Forest Water Brand, for showing their commitment to the development of football from the nursery level.Brian Joseph, one of the developmental coaches attached to the GFF, also thanked both COURTS and Petra Organisation for once again hosting the tournament, pointing out that indirectly, the local governing body for the sport in Guyana has benefitted tremendously from a number of players who once competed in the tournament.last_img read more

‘Smalls’ guide Badgers over Wildcats

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWith the Big Ten leader in scoring making a trip to the Kohl Center, it was only fitting that the Wisconsin men’s basketball team would limit the Northwestern star to six points below his average.NU senior forward Vedran Vukusic, who was averaging 21.8 points a game entering Saturday’s contest, was held to just 15 points in the Badgers’ 68-52 romp over the Wildcats.Vukusic usually accounts for more than a third of his team’s points, but the long list of Badgers who guarded him made sure his numbers stayed relatively low.The only number that was high for the Wildcats was the 19 turnovers they committed throughout the game.”I think that’s probably the most turnovers we’ve had all year,” Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said. “We average about 11 turnovers a game. You get 19 turnovers against a team that picks you up at the top of the key — they’re not pressing you, they’re not really over-playing you, they’re just a fundamentally sound team. You have to play well to beat them and we did not, and they had a lot to do with that.”Part of Wisconsin’s success in handling Northwestern could be attributed to the patience the Badgers showed on the court.Wisconsin started the game by losing the tip-off, then turning the ball back over to Northwestern. The Badgers then went 1-4 in shooting and committed another turnover before sophomore forward Brian Butch made a lay-up to equalize the game at 5-5.The Cats would never lead again in the contest.”For us, the ball went in the basket and they were struggling,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “We knocked some shots down and we were a little more patient. Sometimes we have to remember that it doesn’t have to happen in five seconds. It can happen in 18 seconds in a possession.”I thought once we gained some composure and had some ball reversals and got the ball in the post … we respected the game a lot better. When you respect the game, it tends to reward you.”Patience also paid off for junior forward Alando Tucker, who missed his first three shots.Tucker went on to score 20 points and add four steals, a career high.Toward the end of the first half, Wisconsin went on a 16-5 run to bring its lead to 14 with 10 seconds remaining. In that run, senior guard Ray Nixon nailed two 3-pointers. Nixon would add another trey in the second half to bring his game day scoring total to 13.”We just tried to be patient,” Nixon said about the first half, “[but] I just tried to contribute as much as I could. I just tried to find the open spots and hoped my teammates would find me.”In the second half, Northwestern seemed to have started to throw in the towel. Vukusic, who saw more than 19 minutes of continuous play in the first half, found some more bench time in the second half. Northwestern guard Craig Moore, who also saw almost 20 minutes of play in the first half, joined Vukusic on the bench for much of the second half. The two combined to score a total of 29 points and six rebounds.”They are just better than we are,” Carmody said. “I just thought they had a cold start. Their defense is good … and they make it hard to score around the basket. It’s a very solid defensive team.””Smalls” step up: With the Wildcats’ starting five averaging just below the 6-foot-6 mark, the Badgers were forced to use a smaller lineup. Butch and Greg Stiemsma only saw a combined 32 minutes of play.Sophomore guard Michael Flowers and junior guard Kammron Taylor both teamed up for 52 minutes of play. Freshman Joe Krabbenhoft, also known as “Special K,” saw more minutes than usual with 22 in the contest.Taylor scored 14 points in the game, Flowers had three assists and Krabbenhoft had six rebounds to help the team.”I can’t say enough about what our small lineup did,” Ryan said. “I think we got [Northwestern] into taking some shots that they didn’t want to — not that they can’t make them, but today they didn’t, which makes our defense look better. “But the smalls did a great job and the bigs understood. They know what’s going on, and the bigs did a great cheerleading job those last five, six, seven minutes.”last_img read more

USC Pacific Asia Museum to reopen in early December

first_imgThe USC Pacific Asia Museum will reopen on Dec. 8 after a year-and-a-half-long renovation of the nearly century-old building. Photo from USC Pacific Asia Museum.After a year and a half of renovations, USC’s Pacific Asia Museum, located in Pasadena, Calif., is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 8. It underwent seismic retrofitting in late June 2016 to help bring the building up to USC’s codes of stability. “Pasadena is definitely a place where this cultural heritage is really at the core of the city and there’s a big commitment to that,” Christina Yu Yu, the museum’s director told Pasadena Now.  “Our museum can be a good case study and we are very eager to welcome our visitors and our guests back.”The building that houses the museum was constructed in 1924 by collector Grace Nicholson and mimics the Imperial Palace courtyard found in Beijing. Many of the building’s materials were imported from China or are close replications of Chinese architecture. “When she commissioned the building, she was thinking of Asian experience, Asian art, and also a place for her to live in Pasadena right on the premises,” Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman told Pasadena Now. “That was pretty remarkable and forward-looking for her.”In 1943, Nicholson gave the building to the city of Pasadena, which used it for art until 1971, when the Pacificulture Foundation took over. In 1987, the city sold the building to the Pacificulture Foundation, which renamed it the Pacific Asia Museum. USC partnered with the museum in 2013 to turn it into the USC Pacific Asia Museum. It strives to increase intercultural awareness of Asia and the Pacific Islands through immersing its visitors in art and culture. Through collaboration among a team of engineers, architects and preservation experts, the renovation is expected to help maintain the building’s history while ensuring it remains accessible to future generations. “The goal is to not create more change, but rather to fit new systems into the existing fabric,” Mossman told Pasadena Now. “The less change the better is a typical rule of thumb for a preservation project, but sometimes change is critically important because it makes a big difference for the longevity of the building.” The seismic retrofitting is only the first stage in a series of reconstruction, but it was the most extensive, costing millions of dollars. The museum offered moving exhibitions throughout the community, including at Doheny Library, during the renovation as the work had to be cleared from the building. “We even had to pack our 15,000 pieces of art and move it offsite,” Yu Yu said to Pasadena Now. “This is the only time we need to move the collection because we do not want to disturb these treasures from hundreds of years ago. In later phases we do not need to move our collection.”During the renovation, staff also focused on conducting a permanent collection survey of the works in the museum. This will allow the museum to focus on future exhibitions based on current works, according to a museum press release. The construction also included a 700-square-foot expansion, which will increase gallery space for visitors.last_img read more

Trojans trounce Hawai’i 49-10 in season opener

first_imgUSC’s explosive offensive wasted no time Saturday demonstrating its big-play potential.USC senior quarterback Matt Barkley went 23 for 38 for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanOn the first play from scrimmage, sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee snared a five-yard pass near the sideline, eluded an oncoming tackler and raced to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown. No. 1 USC (1-0, 0-0), buttressed by Lee’s 10 receptions for 197 yards and an additional 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, steamrolled Hawai’i 49-10 before an announced Coliseum sell-out of 93,607 fans.“Today showed what I thought was going to happen with [Lee], just watching him from year one to year two,” Kiffin said. “He’s so much bigger and stronger now.… The first guy rarely ever tackles him.”Lee, who at one point during the game seemed poised to challenge former wide receiver R. Jay Soward’s USC single-game record of 260 receiving yards, was quick to deflect praise, instead crediting his teammates with key blocks on both big plays and bemoaning a couple of dropped passes.“You see [Lee] make cuts when people are coming to the side,” Kiffin said. “It’s why I think he’ll be the best one ever [at USC] when it’s all said and done.”Though Kiffin praised Lee effusively, he also pointed out the budding star’s two dropped passes. The Trojans graded their offensive production as average, noting that the receiving corps dropped a couple of surefire receptions, and the running game, outside of junior running back Silas Redd’s 31-yard touchdown scamper, struggled to gain consistent yards.USC running backs combined for 82 yards rushing on 23 attempts, a pedestrian 3.6 yards per rush. In his USC debut, Redd ran for 57 yards on nine carries and added a 19-yard reception, which he ultimately fumbled. His co-starter, senior running back Curtis McNeal, struggled to find his rhythm, finishing the game with 10 yards on five carries.“It was bittersweet; I feel like we could have scored at least 100 points in the first half,” said senior quarterback Matt Barkley, who exited the game midway through the fourth quarter after completing 23 of 38 passes for 372 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.On defense, USC nabbed two interceptions and recovered two fumbles, statistics that bode well for a defense that has stressed creating more turnovers this season. Sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard recorded six tackles and returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown.“The storyline was the first-team defense and the defensive line,” Kiffin said.Even without senior defensive end Wes Horton, who sat out with an undisclosed injury, USC’s defensive line — a unit in flux entering 2012 — provided consistent pressure, registering four sacks. Junior defensive end Morgan Breslin, who made his USC debut, headlined the effort in the trenches, forcing a fumble, recording a sack and leveling several hits on Hawai’i quarterback Sean Schroeder.Freshman Leonard Williams also announced his readiness for Football Bowl Subdivision play, adding a sack of his own and jarring Schroeder on the pass attempt that Pullard ultimately intercepted.“Our defensive linemen, they’re very young, but they come out there and play extremely fast,” Pullard said. “The safeties were playing better than ever. Everyone was talking [negatively] about our [defensive backs] and our defensive line; [they] just went out, executed the defense and played fast.”Kiffin was not only happy to begin the season with the victory, but also pleased to use most of his roster, including 25 defenders. He hopes the playing time will benefit his inexperienced back-ups and prepare them for increased roles.“Glad to be 1-0,” Kiffin said. “A lot of the teams in the country aren’t. We made it through the game relatively healthy and played a lot of players, which was good. Even before the game got out of hand, we were rotating a lot of guys in.… I’m excited to get to this film to see a lot of kids that haven’t played a lot.”last_img read more

Tourney still fun without Trojans

first_imgThere’s always a minor sense of relief when the USC basketball team does not make the March Madness tournament. Obviously, I want to see USC in the tournament as much as any fan.But when the Trojans aren’t in the mix, I feel a little more freedom while filling out my bracket. The times ‘SC has made the tournament, I always feel a little uncomfortable if I don’t pick USC as winner of a particular game. Picking USC almost feels like bad luck, but not picking them is definitely even worse.So when they’re not even on the paper, I don’t have to deal with the existential fan crisis and can be a little less biased while trying to rationally predict the outcome of the tournament.I’ve been entering the March Madness bracket competition on ESPN.com the last couple of years. It’s free to enter, and if I just so happen to be the one out of the million entrants to fill out the most accurate bracket, I would win $20,000. There’s no reason not to try.My theory for the bracket is that if I am going to have any chance at winning that prize, something completely absurd has to happen and I have to randomly guess it. There’s no way I would win the pool if I picked, say, Kentucky to win it all and magically picked every other upset to happen perfectly. Way too many other people would have picked the top guys to finish in the Final Four, so I purposely go for a very unusual Final Four every time.I also wholeheartedly believe that a mid-major is eventually going to win the tournament. Sure, the tournament recently has been dominated by powerhouses like Duke, UConn and Kentucky. But teams like Wichita State, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth have had a lot of success recently as well, and I think it’s only a matter of time before one of those little guys brings home the title.The last two seasons, I picked Creighton, the tiny little Jesuit school out of Omaha, Nebraska, to win it all. The Bluejays were led by Doug McDermott, the national player of the year in 2014, so I thought they would be the best choice amongst the      mid-majors to pull it off. My grandpa also played basketball at Creighton way back in the day, so there was a little bit of personal bias behind those two picks.The Bluejays unfortunately did not make the tournament this year; McDermott graduated and got drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and his alma mater went 14-19 without him. With both of my primary potential rooting interests out, I had to jump on a new bandwagon this month. So I opened up ESPN.com, went to the bracket page and thought to myself,  “Who is going to come out of nowhere to win it all?”Northern Iowa.I hadn’t really been paying much attention to the NCAA basketball regular season, so I was surprised to see this school I had never heard of as a No. 5 seed. It was love at first sight. I was ready to bet all of my marbles on these Wildcats. They would make it out of the relatively weak East regional, upset No. 1 seed Duke in the Final Four then finish off that Cinderella story with a 57-47 win against almighty, unbeaten Kentucky.While filling out the rest of my bracket, I accidentally confused Northern Iowa with North Dakota State, a 15-seed out of the South regional, so I decided that they, too, would make the Sweet 16, but I had them losing to Duke before the Elite Eight.Sure enough, North Dakota State got handily beat in the first round by Gonzaga, and while Northern Iowa looked very solid in its first round win against Wyoming, they were defeated by Louisville in the round of 32.Bracket busted. Now that I’ve given up any real hope of winning the ESPN pool, I can watch the rest of the tournament without a real rooting interest and just pull for underdogs in all situations.March is definitely still the most wonderful time of the year for sports fans, and this year’s addition of the March Madness tournament has been no exception so far after only one weekend.But I’m still anxious to see the men’s team make a deep tournament run before I graduate. It’s both frustrating and disappointing to look at the Trojans’ season and see an eerily similar record to the year before. After going 2-16 in Pac-12 play last year with an 11-21 overall record, they went 3-15 in conference and 12-20 overall this season. One game at a time, though, right?Nonetheless, coach Andy Enfield still has my vote of confidence, for now. It starts with recruiting, which he’s done well with so far, and that will eventually materialize into more victories. I’m not expecting as meteoric of a rise as the baseball team, but Enfield deserves the same patience and window of opportunity as Dan Hubbs, who appears to have turned the baseball program around for the long term after missing the playoffs his first couple of seasons.I’m going to enjoy the rest of this year’s tournament, of course. My only rooting interest at the moment is that Gonzaga finally upends UCLA’s they-probably-shouldn’t-even-be-there-over-Murray-State run and avenges any of Adam Morrison’s old demons from the Bruins’ crazy comeback win over the Bulldogs in 2006 Sweet Sixteen.But I’m already looking forward to next year’s. I sure hope the Trojans make it and I think they can.I know it’s not the safe bet, but if they do make the tournament, you can bet I’m picking the Trojans to win it all in my bracket.last_img read more

SK Brann captures Kennedy Ashia for six months

first_imgNorwegian top-flight side SK Brann have signed U-20 midfielder Kennedy Ashia on a six-month loan deal, the club have confirmed.Brann have the first option to sign the offensive midfielder from Liberty Professionals.The 20-year-old is expected to in Bergen this week to finalize his transfer from the Ghana Premier League side.Ashia has five months to prove himself to earn a permanent deal from the Tippeligaen side.“He’s an exciting player with attacking skills who did well in the U20 World Cup. He’s quick on his feet and has international skills,” SK Brann head coach Rune Skarsfjord said.“He’ll stay until Christmas, and then we’ll decide if we want to keep him, or if we should focus on our local talents. “So he needs to try something extraordinary if he’s to stay further on.”last_img read more

Baffour Gyan granted GHC 30,000 bail

first_imgBaffour Gyan and Samuel Anim Addo, manager for Asamoah Gyan have been granted bail on Monday by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) circuit court after being charged for allegedly assaulting Daniel Kenu, a reporter of Graphic Corporation.The bail was set at GHC 30,000 for each person and the case has therefore been adjourned to Friday 12 September.Although the police granted the accused persons a bail on Saturday, their lawyer Augustus Anane Quebah had to plead with the court to grant them a bail.   Baffour and Anim Addo were arrested after a report was made to the police following the alleged assault of a Kumasi based reporter of the Graphic Communication, Daniel Kenu by thugs said to have been hired by the former national team striker.It started after the said journalist gave Asamoah Gyan, the junior brother of Baffour a platform to clear the air of the rumours that he had sacrificed hip life musician, Theophilus Tagoe, popularly called Castro.The prosecutor wanted them to be remanded until the macho-men who were allegedly hired to assault Kenu are produced, but upon the plea of their lawyer, the circuit court judge, William Boampong granted them a bail.last_img read more

MLB takes over Dodgertown, renames it for Jackie Robinson and gives it a new purpose

first_imgPreviousFrom left, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, MLB commissioner Robert Manfred, Sharon Robinson, Rachel Robinson (seated), David Robinson and Vero Beach commissioner Peter O’Bryan unveil the new name of Dodgertown during a press conference on Tuesday in Vero Beach, Fla. The MLB-run Jackie Robinson Training Complex will serve as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (Photo by Steven Martine/MLB Photos)A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.”(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFans find shade in the grandstands of Holman Stadium during a 2008 Grapefruit League game in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Street signs honoring Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese stand at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB this week dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.”(AP Photo/Paul Newberry)Fans gather around the Dodgers’ dugout at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown during a 2008 Grapefruit League game in Vero Beach, Fla. The open dugouts at Holman Stadium were unique. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson stands with rookie catcher Roy Campanella during spring training in Vero Beach, Fla., in 1948. MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo)From left, Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Billy Cox and Peewee Reese pose for a spring training photo in 1952 in Vero Beach, Fla. The Dodgertown complex will now bear Robinson’s name and serve as an East Coast hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball. (AP Photo)The Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson leaps into the air as he and teammate Pee Wee Reese, center, work on turning double plays at the team’s spring training home in 1949 in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo)Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the organization’s longtime spring training home, has been renamed the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, in honor of the Hall of Famer. (AP Photo)Players look out from the dugout during a college baseball game between Penn State Beaver and Miami University Hamilton at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., in 2016. The facility hosted a number of events before MLB took it over earlier this year. (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)A batter runs during a college baseball game between Penn State Beaver and Miami University Hamilton at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., in 2016. The facility hosted a number of events before MLB took it over earlier this year. (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)Former Dodgers pitchers Alfredo Simon (70) and Fernando De La Cruz (79) sit in the bullpen and watch their team take on the Houston Astros during a 2008 spring training game at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. As of this week, the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home has a new name and a new purpose. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)From left, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, MLB commissioner Robert Manfred, Sharon Robinson, Rachel Robinson (seated), David Robinson and Vero Beach commissioner Peter O’Bryan unveil the new name of Dodgertown during a press conference on Tuesday in Vero Beach, Fla. The MLB-run Jackie Robinson Training Complex will serve as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (Photo by Steven Martine/MLB Photos)A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)NextShow Caption1 of 14A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)ExpandSixteen years after his first visit to the Dodgers’ spring training camp in Vero Beach, Fla., Russell Martin still remembers the bridge.“You had the minor league complex and across the bridge it was the big league side,” Martin said, “so it was like if you play good enough you get to cross the bridge and play in the big dogs’ house. That was kind of the attitude.”Clayton Kershaw remembers the converted Naval barracks that the Dodgers’ players called home six weeks a year.“You come in and it’s just these lines of dorms,” Kershaw said. “It’s like a motel where the doors open on the outside, but the rooms aren’t bad. We had to stay six to a room sometimes, which isn’t great, but it was great. You’re in your own little baseball world.” Years of talks culminated when MLB took operational control of Historic Dodgertown on Jan. 2. Tuesday, its new name was revealed: The Jackie Robinson Training Complex. Commissioner Rob Manfred flew in from New York to announce the change. Peter O’Malley and his sister, Terry O’Malley Seidler, flew in from California. Jackie Robinson’s family – wife Rachel, daughter Sharon, son David – flew in from all over; David Robinson lives in Africa.Along with the new name came a new mission statement. MLB dedicated the facility as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” A preliminary slate of five summer events was announced. Former major league players and coaches will work with participants during at least one event, the Hank Aaron Invitational, from July 21-Aug. 2. The league will not charge players and their families for participating – a deliberate response to the expensive travel ball circuit that typically excludes youth from low-income backgrounds.The league also pledged $10 million toward renovating Holman Stadium, the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League home, as well as the motel rooms and a new indoor training facility. Indian River County pledged an additional $4.9 million for renovations. In theory, the upgraded facilities will allow Vero Beach to complement the Urban Youth Academy in Compton as an East Coast hub in MLB’s push for diversity.“My dad was so committed to young people,” Sharon Robinson said at the Tuesday morning press conference. “When he was still playing baseball he started with the Harlem YMCA, and he would meet with the young people there. They actually ended up naming that after him. He was always committed to the development of young people.”Craig Callan, the director of Dodgertown since 1988, credited O’Malley and Seidler for keeping the facility alive without a major league tenant. How does Dodgertown run a profitable business without the Dodgers? O’Malley made sure it didn’t matter.When Peter O’Malley assumed responsibility of the property in 2011, Callan said, “he signed a contract just to keep the legacy going, saying ‘I will not make a penny; I’m willing to absorb the losses.’ Any profit made during his tenure would be put back into the facility. That’s the Peter O’Malley/Terry Seidler legacy.”Related Articles Kenley Jansen remembers the proximity.“They used to be Dodger kind of royalty family – before you go in you see all these (retired Dodger players),” Jansen said. “You still see most of these guys coming into camp, but it’s not the same. When you have them come and stay there, everybody’s there together. It’s definitely a great experience looking back.”There aren’t many active baseball players who remember what it’s like to spend an entire spring training in Vero Beach. Most have retired. Four (Martin, Kershaw, Jansen and Pedro Baez) are still Dodgers. They were all just passing through Vero on their baseball journey. Even the Dodgers were temporary tenants in the “town” that bore their name from 1948 until Tuesday. Then as now, Indian River County owned the Dodgertown property.Yet what is Dodgertown without the actual Dodgers?That was the question hanging over Vero for a decade. The answer involved a little bit of everything. It was a preseason training site for a pro team from Korea and a college team from Japan. It was a training camp for CFL and NCAA football teams, a youth softball complex, a rugby camp, and a base for hurricane clean-up crews. It was a fantasy camp for fans and retired Dodger players which, since the Dodgers hosted their final Grapefruit League game on March 17, 2008, appeared to be Vero’s closest association with Major League Baseball. The league – specifically Tony Reagins and Darrell Miller, who oversee MLB’s youth directives – engaged the county in discussions behind the scenes to change that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire If this story has an unsung hero, it’s Callan.Callan was 28 years old when O’Malley hired him to work in Vero Beach in 1978. He never left, shepherding the complex through 41 years of Dodger ownership changes. He was Frank McCourt’s point man during the construction of Camelback Ranch. For a time, he also oversaw operations of Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic. Now Callan is training an understudy who will succeed him when he retires in two months.“I have a 10-year-old son,” Callan said. “At 70 years old, I’m not going anywhere.”For Kershaw and Jansen, training in Vero Beach was an experience that required years to appreciate. When you’re a skinny teenager trying to find your way in baseball and the world, the history of the American Civil Rights Movement is probably beyond your ken. You’re not thinking about Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella, even while you train where they trained.That will change now. For the first time in a while, Vero Beach belongs to baseball’s future as well as its past. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it

first_imgEven mama Kuz weighed in … Kuzma got the postgame shower too ..  The Lakers’ Film Room breaks it down … And what do you do the morning after? Play golf of course.Here’s a good photo. Lakers asst. Mike Penberthy with multiple players on the tee box in Orlando enjoying a little down time and some sun. I see Kuz, McGee, AD and JR Smith. Who do you think has the best golf game? (I have the answer) pic.twitter.com/fVcWBPLX3G— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) August 11, 2020 LeBron James? Anthony Davis? No, it was Kyle Kuzma who hit a last second, game-winning 3-pointer in a 124-121 victory over Denver on Monday night. And Kuzma and his teammates didn’t hold back explaining how big it was, and what it means for Kuzma to have that confidence when the playoffs start.Kyle Kuzma said it: “I think Jesus could be in front of me, and I’d probably still shoot.”Watch the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma hit a game-winning 3-pointer in a 124-121 win over Denver pic.twitter.com/33WHju3pHr— Inside SoCal Sports (@InsideSoCalSpts) August 11, 2020center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Lakers reporter Kyle Goon is Inside the Bubble in Orlando and got the confident reaction from Kuzma.Kuz has recently talked a lot about finding his niche. I asked if something about starting unlocks something extra for him: “I’m starting on most teams in this league and everyone knows it. But it just so happens that I play behind the best two players in the NBA.” pic.twitter.com/64K6ZnMAE6— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) August 11, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

De la Fuente puts Ramos, Piqué in the prelist for Tokyo … and the rest of Primera

first_imgLuis de la Fuente has already sent the prelist for the Olympic Games, although no conclusion can be drawn. In her they are Ramos, Piqué, Navas… and the rest of Spanish players of First. The same happens with those of Second and with those who play abroad. There are also many Spanish footballers of the subsidiaries that play in Segunda B.The final list of 18 players must leave this prelist. No player who is not in it, whether under the age of 23 or older, cannot go. An important restriction, although with small print: there is no limit of soccer players. Therefore, De la Fuente has decided to include everyone so as not to close doors and also not to give any clues.In the final list only 18 players can appear and only three of them can be over 23 years old (the tournament is for those born from 1997). The decision on the three elders that will go is not taken, although very sharp. If everything goes normally, there will be three of the nine born in 1996 who were European Under-21 champions last summer (Sivera, Junior, Aguirregabiria, Fabián, Merino, Roca, Ceballos, Pedraza and Fornals). Today Ceballos, Fabián and Merino leave with advantage over the rest. Therefore, the possibility of going Ramos, Piqué, Navas or any of the players who have publicly expressed their desire to attend is remote. De la Fuente said in a recent interview with AS that “it doesn’t close the door for anyone.” It is true. There are seven months left until the Games and the picture can change a lot. There is an especially sensitive position: the center forward. There only Borja Mayoral is fixed and does not have much else to choose from De la Fuente among those under 23 who play regularly in First. Therefore, the coach knows that there may be the circumstance of having to take advantage of someone older than 23 who was not a champion last summer. But it is a possibility to which, in principle, it will only resort in case of necessity. If not, the exceptions will leave the group of nine players mentioned above …last_img read more